In the short term, yes, and current leadership has been absolutely consistent in showing that’s all they care about. And as long as none are able to state a vision for the longer term and have that be discussed rationally, the short term will continue to dominate — until it’s over and nothing’s left.
We need to do better. The existential question is, in practical terms, <em>can</em> we? Will we allow ourselves to?
(Off email for a few weeks; sorry for being slow.)